Microblading, the treatment that semi-tattoos your brows with ultra-tiny incisions in the skin, has been used for over 2,000 years. But recently, this treatment has been taking its place: Eyebrow transplants. Deriving from Japanese culture, it was used to help burn victims who lost the ability to grow hair in areas that were affected by fire. In 2022, the method has caught the likes of social media stars doing away with the super-thin supermodel plucked styles of the Y2K era, in exchange for full brows with transplants.
If you find yourself fusing over loss of eyebrow hair from injuries, aging, or over-plucking, rest assured that eyebrow transplants could be just the thing to thicken or position your natural brows. It’s a non-invasive surgery, and according to fans, is completely worth it.
So how does it work?
Essentially, people donate hair, and the locks of hair are divided into sections of one-to-four follicles. Doctors and surgeons will then design the shape to mirror a natural-looking brow, working to add as much hair as needed. Some transplants take around 250 hairs per brow, lasting at least 8 hours each session.
Although eyebrow transplants are effective, it is simply a quick fix rather than an end-all-be-all solution. The nice thing is the transplanted hairs will help hair follicles grow back on their own after 3 to 4 months, with most patients seeing results around month 10.
Since the hair is growing from scratch in many cases, it could grow back way longer than current hair, and therefore, need to be trimmed. Rest assured though — over time, they will behave more naturally. Some experts suggest securing a bandage or headband around eyebrows daily for a couple weeks to train the hairs to lie flat again. The procedure overall will make brows thicker and appear more healthy.
And don’t worry, your expert will make sure it looks natural — focusing on facial features, bone structure, and shape of eyes. Try not to get stuck on a look that you see on social media. Remember, those photos are snapshots of reality and not always done without a filter. And luckily, all people, regardless of face shape, hair texture, thickness or eyelid shape can get the treatment.
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